Sheffield takes Pride with festival switch to city centre

Sheffield Pride parade up Ecclesall Road to Endcliffe Park
Sheffield Pride parade up Ecclesall Road to Endcliffe Park

Sheffield’s gay community hosts its biggest celebration yet on Saturday, switching its annual Pride event from Endcliffe Park to the city centre.

Organisers believe it will be a more accessible and visible location, and follows the lead of other big cities.

Barkers Pool will host live entertainment, along with stalls and other activities, from noon before a parade sets off along Division Street to reach Devonshire Green by 4pm.

Devonshire Green will have live entertainment, food and drink stalls, a fairground, and a market from 3pm to 11pm. It is thought an after-party at the O2 Academy in Arundel Gate could be the biggest gay night outside London.

Sheffield Pride has grown from an event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Cemetery Park, off Cemetery Road, to the bigger surroundings of Endcliffe Park and now to the city centre.

“This brings us into line with other big cities,” said director of events Ron Fowler.

Sheffield was an accepting place, but homophobia still existed among some elements, and it remained important to hold such events, he said.

Endcliffe Park was fine for market stalls and other attractions, but some people found it not very accessible.